UPDATE: The CMAs clear up why Bey's performance (and all social media posts about it) were quickly removed yesterday: she asked them to.
Sarah Trahern--spokesperson for the Country Music Association--told the NY Times that Team Bey had not approved the video/photos they'd posted about the performance, and, out of respect for her, they took them down:
Beyoncé's performance with Dixie Chicks was a highlight of the evening and we are continuing to share the amazing full-length performance clip via our official social channels.
UPDATE: @CountryMusic have deleted all traces of Bey's performance with the Dixie Chicks at the Country Music Awards last night, from all its social media accounts, with some sources citing pressure from the racist backlash resulting from it (and confusion over Kenny Chesney's stone-faced reaction to Bey's exhilarating performance.
CMA erased all evidence of Beyonce performing at the awards last after her appearance sparked racist backlash from some country fans. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/LOngo91jjL
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) November 3, 2016
Some notable folks called out the sudden absence:
.@CountryMusic, why did you delete your tweets referring to @Beyonce's performance at the #CMAawards50?
— deray mckesson (@deray) November 3, 2016
...while other users made sure to highlight just how big of a boost Bey's mere five minute presence gave the awards...
Make the Country Music Awards (CMA ) the Beyoncé Music Awards (BMA) pic.twitter.com/vizMSAfV3s
— Affinity Magazine (@TheAffinityMag) November 3, 2016
...and others pointed out other truths amidst the backwoods bigotry on Twitter...
You do realize that Black musicians existed before today & Beyoncé makes songs that reflect them right? Country got its sound from the blues https://t.co/YKMer5qFvi
— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) November 3, 2016
UPDATE: Bey blessed us with a studio cut of the Dixie Chicks version of "Daddy Lessons" on Soundcloud for your hootin' and hollerin' pleasure.